crowds - Managers of Broadway's Imperial Theatre, home to the revival of the musical 'Les Miserables', dimmed the marquee lights after the Sept. 1 evening's performance in memory of 21-year-old actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who died tragically on (29Aug15) at Imperial Theatre,, Imperial Theatre - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 2nd September 2015
A rising young Broadway star, Kyle Jean-Baptiste, has died after a fall from a fire escape. The 21-year-old was the youngest and only African-American actor to play Jean Valjean in 'Les Miserables' on Broadway.
Broadway star Kyle Jean-Baptiste has died at the age of 21. Baptiste made history in July of this year by becoming the first African-American to be cast as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. He was also the youngest actor to play the role on Broadway.
Will And Grace actor Debra Messing was amongst those to mourn Baptiste.
Continue reading: ‘Les Miserables’ Broadway Star, Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Dies Aged 21
The audiences of two London theatres had to be evacuated after the theatres suffered a power cut.
Audiences in two London theatres had to be evacuated on Saturday (3rd January) after the theatres suffered a power cut.
Les Miserables has been highly anticipated on Broadway - but has it lived up to the expectation?
Cameron Mackintosh's Les Miserables, which first opened at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse in 2010, has made the transition to Broadway and is destined to become one of the biggest shows of the year - but is it any good?
Ramin Karimloo Stars in 'Les Miserables'
The production hit the Broadway stage on Sunday night (March 23, 2014) for its first preview show, though faced some stiff criticism from reviewers.
Hugh Jackman was said to have taken control of the situation when confronted by a dangerous stalker at a New York gym.
Hugh Jackman's workout at a New York gym didn't exactly go to plan on Saturday (April 13, 2013). Sure the 'Wolverine' star got in his weight training, but he was also chased by a crazed stalker carrying an electric razor - probably not his idea of a warm down. "He was more alarmed than scared," publicist Alan Nierob told CNN.
A woman allegedly screamed "I love you," as she chased the Hollywood actor at the gym. Manhattan resident Katherine Thurson, 47, was charged with stalking Jackman, according to New York Police spokesman Sgt. Tom Antonetti. The Les Miserables actor had previously seen the woman outside of his home and at his daughter's school, though Saturday's incident was the most dangerous yet. Ms Thurson managed to slip past security at the gym and headed straight towards Jackman. "The razor fell out of her hands when I stepped in between them," trainer Mike Castle said. The actor asked Thuston not to touch him, though security quickly arrived and apprehended Thurson on the street. According to Castle, Jackman had the situation completely under control, "(He's) a super nice guy," the instructor added.
Jackman was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, eventually losing out to Daniel Day-Lewis. However, he did scoop the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a musical or comedy motion picture, for the same role.
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman's Workout Interrupted By 'Electric Razor' Stalker
Paco Delgado "Les Miserables" - GREAT British Film Reception to honor the British nominees of the 85th Annual Academy Awards at British Consul Generals Residence - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 22nd February 2013
Ahead of The Oscars 2013, we look at the casting process of Les Miserables
Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe are all well-respected actors, who’ve carved out hugely successful careers. But that didn’t mean they got a free pass into Les Miserables – no – they had to audition, and by that we mean sing, like everybody else.
Continue reading: Oscars 2013 – Les Miserables Cast Sang For Their Roles In The Film
Les Miserables will return to the Broadway stage in 2014.
A new stage version of classic musical Les Miserables will open on Broadway in March 2014, capitalizing on the monumental success of the Oscar nominated movie, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Producer Cameron Mackintosh is behind the new stage adaptation and will be looking to restore the show's reputation following the ill-conceived revival in 2006.
According to the New York Times, the latest Les Miserables will be lacking the notable revolving turntable that was used in the original production which ran from 1987 to 2003. The new version also features completely redesigned scene based on Victor Hugo's paintings for his original novel. The staging will also be different, with more emphasis on the gritty downtrodden France of the 19th century. Mackintosh will be hoping these changes and the interest in the $400 million grossing film will be enough to fully revitalize the Les Miserables stage brand.
"What we're counting on is that people who loved the movie will now really want to see 'Les Misérables' on stage, and people who loved the original musical were swept up by the film and say, 'I can't wait for another chance to see it onstage again,'" said the producer, previously known for helming the likes of Cats and the long-running Phantom of the Opera.
Continue reading: Who Needs The Movie? 'Les Miserables' Returning To Broadway In 2014
With all these Hugh Jackman rumors flying about (and they have been for years) Jackman himself has decided to speak out in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
But he doesn't relay the toll those rumors have on his life, but rather his wife of 16 years. "Just recently, it bugs her," he said of the media questioning his sexuality. "She goes, 'It's big. It's everywhere!" Jackman's X-Men producer, Lauren Shuler Donner, denied the rumors a touch more emphatically. "I have seen him with Deborra since the beginning of their trip to Hollywood, and I've been on five movie sets with him and have never seen him stray, have never seen him eye anyone," Donner explained. "I met him when he did 'Oklahoma!' [at London's Royal National Theatre in 1999]. He was genuine, hugely talented. He was in love with his wife that day and still is."
Aside from his sexuality, which really is no one's business, there is actual news in the Jackman camp. He and his Les Miserables cronies will be waiting with baited breath come this Sunday, 24th Feb, as he's up for Best Actor and Les Mis is up for best film. They'll be facing stiff competition from Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln, as he and his film are amongst the hot favourites to take the top prizes.
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman Rumours Denied By Jackman AND His X-Men Producer
Videos of the Week... Flanked with a letter to the fans, Justin Timberlake’s new song, ‘Suit & Tie’ featuring Jay-Z has the former ‘N Sync star bring sexy back once more. The “open letter to the fans” read: “…Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now my next journey with that thing I love called music… I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
‘Suit & Tie’ is a slick R&B number, timeless in the sense that it doesn’t feel like much time has passed since Timberlake last released any music (his last album came out in 2006). As a precursor to his expected album later this year, this is a pretty neat little taster of what to expect from Timberlake.
From one end of the internet to the other, review upon review of this collection of Les Miserables songs is cluttered with well-informed opinion. Passionate fans of Schonberg's musical have debated, with fervour, whether or not the omission of songs such as 'Do You Hear The People Sing' has rendered the soundtrack lbum a no-go area, or a forgivable oversight. The well-informed fans, they are cooing over Anne Hathaway. They are open minded about Russell Crowe, though it irks them that other actors could have performed the songs so much better. Many of the reviewers, from one end of the internet to the other, have even performed in this world-famous musical themselves, so they know it inside out, they understand the physical and emotional demands on an actor when it comes to performing these much-loved numbers.
Here at Contactmusic.com, we're doing things a little differently; you can get all the well-informed opinions you like from elsewhere. Our reviewer, it seems, has been holding the fort in some kind of cultural no-man's land for the last few decades and is approaching the Les Miserables soundtrack as a complete 'Les Mis' virgin. Above all else, they are hoping that they will be able to glean all that they need to know about Les Miserables from listening to the soundtrack, so that they can speak confidently about the Oscar-winning movie, come awards day, without actually having to go to the movie theatre.
So, Les Miserables virgin, what have you learned from listening to the soundtrack CD? Do you have a grasp on the basics of the plot, at least?
Frankly, no. I am aware that someone dies, partly because the music got VERY emotional and partly because I had already assumed that that was why they were all so miserable in the first place. Someone steals some silver at some point, there's a confrontation (I know this because there's a song called 'The Confrontation' - handy!) and there's a hearty amount of disagreement going on. You probably could just about follow the story, from the songs, but it's all too easy to get a little bit emotionally caught up in all of the warbling they do. It's no audiobook, I'll tell you that for nothing. It sounds very much like I would expect a hammy musical to sound, but sung by famous people from Hollywood, some of whom are talented vocalists.
A quiet week saw the Oscar nominated Zero Dark Thirty jump a staggering 16 places to take the number 1 slot in the U.S Box office charts, while Ganster Squad enjoyed a tame opening.
A measly $24,000,000 was enough to land the top-spot for Kathryn Bigelow's political thriller in its 4th week. Landing second on its opening weekend was Open Road Film's, A Haunted House, which gleaned $18,817,000, a full $2m more than Gangster Squad - starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone - which underwhelmed with $16,710,000. With most of the year's biggest movies already out in time for Oscar consideration, mid-late January isn't the best period for movie goers. Another controversial Oscar nominee, Quentin Tarantino' Django Unchained slipped 2 spots to 4th with $11,065,000, although it has a cumulative gross of $125.4m. Rounding off the top 5 was Golden Globe winner Les Miserables, which managed just over $10m this week, bringing it's total to just shy of $120m, a decent total for its third week in the charts.
Elsewhere, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey amassed just over $9m to bring its running total to $278.1M. It was 3rd last week. Lincoln, enjoying its 10th week in the top 10 came in 7th with $6,314,000 and Parental Guidance grabs 8th with $6,100,000. Texas Chainsaw 3D drops from the top spot to 9th with $5,150,000 and Silver Linings Playbook clambers back into the top ten from 12th with a round $5m. Figures compiled from Yahoo Movies.